CSBA News Update: January 31, 2017

CSBA News Update for your reading enjoyment. Happy reading! From Joy Pendell, CSBA Media Director 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of items in this email does not imply CSBA endorsement unless such endorsement is specifically stated. 

Should Read 

Recent Hive Theft

On 1/16/17, 482 hives were stolen from a bee yard in Sutter County. All the equipment (including pallets) is brand new and has no brand numbers. The hives are double-deep 8 framers with grey cedar lids on 4-way pallets. Pallets are an odd size: 28.5 x 46". The queens are mostly Carniolan (so the bees are dark), there are inside feeders (half on top, half on bottom), the supers have tongue and groove cedar lids and hand holds that are slotted (not part of the manufactured box). The supers are Dadant brand with Dadant hand holds on the inside of the long side of the super. Please contact the CSBA with any tips. Please visit the CSBA Facebook page to see pictures of similar hives. Here is a news article in the Denver Post about the theft. 


In addition to other measures, please consider putting tracking devices in some of your beehives. If we catch thieves in the act, we can prosecute them and get them off the streets. There are many devices on the market that offer different features. One such product is Spot Trace. Please research different products and send the CSBA feedback on your results! 

Nice to Read 

Project Apis m. – Award Winner!

The CA Department of Pesticide Regulation has awarded Project Apis m. with its 2016 Integrated Pest Management Achievement Award. Congratulations!

“Many California groups, both private and public, are developing and using new ways to manage pests. These new approaches help reduce or avoid the risks associated with using some traditional chemical pesticides. Through the Integrated Pest Management Achievement Awards, the Department of Pesticide Regulation seeks to (1) encourage development and implementation of economically sound, reduced-risk pest management programs; and (2) recognize groups that provide integrated pest management leadership, education and outreach, or innovation.” 

2017 Bee Safe

The Kern County Farm Bureau will be hosting an open forum for farmers, beekeepers, applicators and PCAs on Wednesday Jan 25th at 8am at the Kern County Agricultural Pavilion at 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield CA. Contact Jeff Rasmussen with questions or to reserve your spot at jrasmussen@kerncfb.com or 661-978-8076

Catch The Buzz – …And The Crooks!!! 

WAS – News From The World Of Beekeeping 

Catch The Buzz – Help Bees By Restoring Natural Landscapes, Roadside Planting, Green Belts, Green Roofs And Urban Gardening Initiatives. 

Catch The Buzz – Honey – Good To Eat, Good For Your Skin…Just Plain Good For You 

Catch The Buzz – Honey Hunters In Barbados Have A Problem With Marijuana Growers. 

Catch The Buzz – Organosilicone Adjuvant, Sylgard 309, Increases The Susceptibility Of Honey Bee Larvae To Black Queen Cell Virus

The Fresno Bee - Valley Farmers Aim To Provide Bees With Appetizers, Dessert To Go With Main Meal 

Catch The Buzz – Beekeeping Education Specialists To Present Courses For Beginners And Experienced Beekeepers 

Catch The Buzz – The Added Sugar Controversy Shouldn’t Be A Controversy At All. Sugar Isn’t Added To Honey. Period. 

The Oregonian - These Winter-Blooming Plants Give Bees A Boost 

Catch The Buzz – North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Call For Research Proposals Related To Honey Bee Health

The Kim & Jim Show Webinar - 3*2*1 - Packages!!!, Jan 26th, 9-10am PST 

UC Davis – Honey & Pollination Center, January Newsletter 

Kelly Beekeeping – January Newsletter

Bee Theft - 1/17/17 Sutter County

California State Beekeepers Association    By Joy Pendell   January 16, 2017

"I'm sorry to report that hive-theft season has begun.  Everybody keeps eyes/ears open, and those with grower contacts, please spread the word to them, too.  Let's try to catch these perps!" Carlen Jupe CSBA Sec/Treas.









Hive Theft Alert!

Last night (1/16/17), 482 hives were stolen from a bee yard in Sutter County. All the equipment (including pallets) is brand new and has no brand numbers. The hives are double-deep 8 framers with grey cedar lids on 4-way pallets. Pallets are an odd size: 28.5 x 46". Please contact the CSBA (via FB message, website, or [mailto:castatebeekeepers@hotmail.com with any tips. 

CSBA: Reward for Beehive Theft Capture

 CSBA  Press Release   February 4, 2016

The CSBA offers up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for stealing bees and/or beekeepers equipment. We take the issue of hive theft very seriously and are willing to generously reward those who help us stop this growing problem. Don't hesitate to ask questions and check for brand numbers on frames, boxes, lids and pallets. 

Additionally, the CSBA owners of stolen hives have given assurance that if a farmer reports he/she has stolen hives, they will allow the hives to stay for the remainder of the bloom. We do not want to punish farmers for doing the right thing by putting their crop at risk. We want all farmers to feel comfortable to report the hives without worrying about them being taken out from under them during a critical time.


Another hive theft has occurred near Kern County within sight of I-5. The thieves are getting bolder and we all must be vigilant. The theft occurred around January 26-27th, 2016. The hives are branded with CA0330333H. This theft may or may not be related to the last major theft (see below).  

Hive Description: All hives are 10 frames. The hives are made of a deep super with a 6 5/8 shallow on top. The hives are painted silver and have internal feeders and a mixture of wooden and plastic frames. The hives are on pallets with the entrances all facing the same direction. The lids, boxes and most of the frames are branded with CA0330333H. The bees are Italians with cordovan (light-colored and reddish) genetics. Pictures will soon follow.  

If you are around any bee hives you are unfamiliar with, don't hesitate to look for brand numbers. Thieves often times switch the frames into different boxes to avoid being caught so be aware that the outside appearance of the hive may not match the description. If you see any frames with the CA0330333H brand on them, they are from stolen hives and you should contact castatebeekeepers@hotmail.com immediately to report the information.


240 hives were stolen near Colusa, CA around January 25-26th, 2016. All boxes, lids, frames and pallets are branded with 42-14. Please take a careful look at the picture and if you see hives that fit the description, don’t hesitate to check for brand numbers and call the Sheriff’s department. You can also email us at castatebeekeepers@hotmail.com and we can pass along the information for you.  These hives could easily be anywhere in California by now. It is very likely that the hives will be destroyed after pollination season to cover up the crime. In the interest of saving these bees, it is critical we all do our part to locate these hives.

Description: All the hives are 10-frame double deeps. The boxes are branded on the top cleats. The pallets have metal on the corners. Some of the feed cans and boxes were taken as well. The feed cans are painted green and slightly rusty. The feed can boxes are branded too and most of them hold 8 cans (some may hold 4). The bees are Italian and have Cordovan genetics (most will appear light colored and/or slightly reddish).

Location: The hives were taken from 2 yards, both located north of Colusa on the east side of the river. One yard was about 2 miles from the river and the other about 3 miles from the river.

Thief Description: Based on the tracks, it looks like a bee forklift was used to move the hives. The trucks appear to have dual tires. It is suspected that either 2 big trucks or 3 smaller trucks were used to move the hives.

Please share this information with your club, almond grower and in your community. Hive theft is a growing problem and we all need to keep an eye out for each other. Thank you for helping in this effort.

(Photo Source: California State Beekeepers Association)


The Buzz on California Agriculture Day

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey    3/19/14

The bees weren't all that buzzed at the 2014 California Agriculture Day, celebrated today (March 19) on the west lawn of the California State Capitol. 

The California State Beekeepers' Association (CSBA) and theSacramento Area Beekeepers' Association (SABA) staffed a beekeeping booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and filled it with honey straws,Häagen-Dazs premier ice cream and bee-related pamphlets from Project Apis m.  A bee observation hive, brought by Bill Cervenka Apiaries of Half Moon Bay, fronted the booth.

The bees buzzed all right, but the people--the general public lining for the ice cream donated by Häagen-Dazs--seemed to create the biggest buzz. They made a literal beeline for the strawberry and vanilla ice cream. Häagen-Dazs supports the University of California, Davis, through its bee garden and bee research (some 50 percent of its flavors require the pollination of bees).

By 11:35, the honey was all gone. "It vanished, just like our bees," quipped Bill Lewis, CSBA president.

Staffing the booth with him were Carlen Jupe, CSBA treasurer; Marti Ikehara of SABA, and Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Among those stopping to chat with the beekeepers were California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and Barbara Allen-Diaz, vice president of the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). The California Department of Food and Agriculture sponsors the annual event, this year focusing on "Celebration, Innovation and Education."

Bill Lewis, who makes his home at Lake View Terrace in the San Fernando Valley, maintains 650 colonies of bees with his wife, Liane, and business partner Clyde Steese. Their company, "Bill's Bees," offers pollination services, honey, pollen, beeswax, candles and handmade soap.

Their bees pollinate almonds, oranges, avocados and alfalfa. 

For Lewis, his interest in bees began at age 14 when he took up beekeeping in the Boy Scout program and earned his beekeeping badge.  That was in Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee, where he maintained several bee hives in his backyard. "I 'abandoned' them when I went off to college," he said.

After earning his master's degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University, he settled in California to work in the aerospace industry. Ten years later he began a 10-year period of working at a horse-boarding stable.  "Horses don't much like bees," he commented. "It bothers the horses when they have to share the same water bowl."

How did he get back into beekeeping? "The bees found me," Lewis said. He began keeping bees in 1991, first as a hobby, and then as a business. "I'm a first-generation beekeeper."

"Our food supply is so dependent on bees," Lewis said. As visitors flowed by, some asked him what they could do to help the bees.  Plant bee friendly flowers, buy local honey, try not to use pesticides in your garden, and generally, provide a friendly place for bees.

His favorite variety of honey is black sage "but we're not getting to get much of it this year due to the lack of rain." His second favorite: orange blossom.

He also has almond honey, which he and Mussen describe as "bitter."  And, Lewis said, it gets more bitter with time."

Visit the Kathy Keatley Garvey Bug Squad blog at: http://ucanr.org/blogs/bugsquad/

When a Bee Sting Can Be Sweet!

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey   12/4/13

A bee sting can be sweet.

Especially when the result is an auction item.

Take the case of "The Sting," a memorable lunch-hour photo that went viral. Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen and I were walking through the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, when he stopped abruptly.  "Kathy, get your camera ready,"...


Visit the Kathy Keatley Garvey Bug Squad blog at: http://ucanr.org/blogs/bugsquad/